Injuries are nothing new to Tony Moeaki, so the news he won’t make an appearance in a Chiefs helmet until training camp shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
The tight end came with red flags when he was drafted out of Iowa in the third round and he’s already missed an entire season and was unable to play a full season his other two years.
Something that will be new to Moeaki is having to fight for a roster spot. Because that’s exactly what he’ll have to do in training camp, assuming he can get back on the field. Unlike his time at Iowa or three years in Kansas City, his current coaching staff isn’t attached to the tight end.
Not only did the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley-Romeo Crennel have little depth at tight end, but they had traded up to get him in the third round. With the trade costing the Chiefs two picks, there were three selections invested in Moeaki.
Now he gets to play for a head coach and general manager that are excited about their own third round tight end, Travis Kelce out of Cincinnati. There’s also Anthony Fasano, a veteran the Chiefs signed to a four-year, $16 million contract as soon as free agency opened.
Assuming Moeaki can play in training camp, on the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much competition beyond Kelce and Fasano. Kevin Brock has appeared in just two career games and Demetrius Harris is an undrafted free agent that played basketball in college.
If he struggles to get back to full speed, Andy Reid and John Dorsey will need to decide if they want to worry about their third tight end being unable to contribute on offense or special teams. That’s where a guy like Brock, Harris or another late addition could jump over Moeaki.